Joel Silver

Joel Silver

Highest Rated: 97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Lowest Rated: 3% The Apparition (2012)

Birthday: Jul 14, 1952

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, USA

The guiding hand behind such Hollywood hits as "Commando" (1985), "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and "Die Hard" (1988), Joel Silver helped redefine the American action film near the turn of the century, while shifting the label of auteur away from the film director to the producer. Having paid his dues as an assistant to producer Lawrence Gordon following his graduation from film school, Silver swiftly worked his way up the industry ladder, earning a producer's credit with Walter Hill's "48 Hrs." (1982). With the formation of his own company, Silver stamped a fresh template for the Hollywood action film, dialing up the violence quotient from previous decades while leavening the mixture with ample doses of humor. Silver also altered the genre recipe by making movie stars out of nontraditional performers from the worlds of professional sports and stand-up comedy. His outsized ego branded him persona non grata at several major studios, but Silver's track record for success was inarguable - especially after the box office juggernaut that was "The Matrix" (1999) and its sequels, which pushed his profit margin into the multi-billions. Often demonized by critics for emphasizing style - and explosions - over substance, Silver nonetheless came to represent the state of the art of big box office Hollywood filmmaking, earning by sheer force of will and a savvy sense of the next big thing the mantle of mega-producer.

Highest rated movies

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes 3 Producer - 2021
51% 45% Superfly Producer $20.5M 2018
28% 25% Suburbicon Executive Producer $5.7M 2017
24% 35% Collide Producer $2.2M 2016
91% 79% The Nice Guys Producer $36.2M 2016
79% 78% Veronica Mars Executive Producer $3.3M 2014
62% 63% Non-Stop Producer $91.7M 2014
3% 35% Getaway Executive Producer $10.5M 2013
45% 39% Bullet to the Head Executive Producer $9.5M 2012
No Score Yet 21% Stash House Producer - 2012
No Score Yet 31% Bullet Executive Producer - 2012
3% 24% The Apparition Producer $26.8K 2012
No Score Yet 18% Dragon Eyes Producer - 2012
28% 61% Project X Executive Producer $54.7M 2012
59% 77% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Producer $186.8M 2011
55% 55% Unknown Producer $63.7M 2011
48% 54% The Losers Producer $23.6M 2010
46% 64% The Book of Eli Producer $94.8M 2010
69% 77% Sherlock Holmes Producer $209.0M 2009
26% 54% Ninja Assassin Producer $38.1M 2009
7% 21% Whiteout Producer $10.3M 2009
56% 63% Orphan Producer $41.6M 2009
60% 71% RocknRolla Producer $5.7M 2008
41% 60% Speed Racer Producer $43.9M 2008
21% 45% Fred Claus Producer $72.0M 2007
44% 64% The Brave One Producer $36.8M 2007
19% 40% The Invasion Producer $15.1M 2007
8% 49% The Reaping Producer $25.1M 2007
73% 90% V for Vendetta Producer - 2006
86% 87% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Producer $4.2M 2005
27% 42% House of Wax Producer $32.0M 2005
No Score Yet 95% Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television Unknown (Character) - 2005
35% 60% The Matrix Revolutions Producer $139.3M 2003
15% 45% Gothika Producer $59.6M 2003
73% 72% The Matrix Reloaded Producer $281.5M 2003
26% 52% Cradle 2 the Grave Producer $34.6M 2003
16% 37% Ghost Ship Producer $30.1M 2002
No Score Yet 50% Jane Doe Executive Producer - 2001
17% 48% Thirteen Ghosts Executive Producer $41.9M 2001
25% 59% Swordfish Producer $69.8M 2001
33% 45% Exit Wounds Producer $51.8M 2001
No Score Yet 16% Proximity Producer - 2000
10% 20% Dungeons & Dragons Executive Producer $15.2M 2000
32% 61% Romeo Must Die Producer $56.0M 2000
No Score Yet 49% Made Men Producer - 1999
31% 42% House on Haunted Hill Producer $40.8M 1999
88% 85% The Matrix Producer $171.4M 1999
53% 64% Lethal Weapon 4 Producer $129.8M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Tap Producer - 1997
25% 26% Fathers' Day Producer $28.7M 1997
57% 64% Conspiracy Theory Producer $76.1M 1997
15% 31% Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Executive Producer $5.6M 1996
65% 53% Executive Decision Producer $55.7M 1996
12% 14% Fair Game Producer $11.2M 1995
16% 45% Assassins Producer - 1995
24% 32% Richie Rich Producer $37.1M 1994
60% 66% Demolition Man Producer $57.2M 1993
60% 61% Lethal Weapon 3 Producer $142.0M 1992
72% 52% Ricochet Producer $20.6M 1991
46% 68% The Last Boy Scout Producer $57.9M 1991
33% 56% Hudson Hawk Producer $16.4M 1991
28% 68% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Producer $19.9M 1990
30% 44% Predator 2 Producer $28.3M 1990
69% 70% Die Hard 2 Producer $115.3M 1990
No Score Yet 33% Parker Kane Executive Producer - 1990
40% 66% Road House Producer $27.4M 1989
82% 77% Lethal Weapon 2 Producer $144.9M 1989
13% 32% Action Jackson Producer $19.6M 1988
94% 94% Die Hard Producer $81.0M 1988
97% 85% Who Framed Roger Rabbit Raoul (Director) (Character) $152.8M 1988
82% 87% Predator Producer $54.4M 1987
80% 86% Lethal Weapon Producer $61.0M 1987
29% 58% Jumpin' Jack Flash Producer $24.5M 1986
69% 67% Commando Producer $34.9M 1985
58% 69% Weird Science Producer - 1985
35% 56% Brewster's Millions Producer - 1985
69% 70% Streets of Fire Producer - 1984
93% 69% 48 HRS. Producer - 1982
87% 88% The Warriors Associate Producer - 1979

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Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Friends Call Me Johnny Executive Producer 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2010-2011
91% 78% Veronica Mars Executive Producer 2004-2007
66% 83% Entourage Himself (Guest Star) 2007
40% No Score Yet Freedom Executive Producer 2000
13% No Score Yet The Strip Executive Producer 1999-2000
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1992